December 29 2016 02:30PM
Christmas has passed, and New Years is on the horizon, but that doesn't mean things aren't happening in the Canucks prospect world.
Lukas Jasek and Olli Juolevi look to get their respective countries to the quarter-finals at the World Juniors. While the CHL begins the un-official second half with the trading deadlines soon on the horizon.
After a bit of a hiatus, the NCAA gets going again; while in Utica, the Comets continue to struggle.
All that and more in this week's Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report.
December 26 2016 09:00AM
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Today marks the beginning of the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal and Toronto. It's a highlight of many hockey fans season, as it pits the best U20 talent against each other.
The Canucks representation is led by 5th overall pick Olli Juolevi, as he and Team Finland look to defend their gold medal from last year. With a lot of roster turnover, Team Finland will have a bit of a challenge to recapture gold, but there is no doubt that they will be in the mix. As we've seen in years past, just takes a hot goalie, or an explosion of offence, or some good teamwork to make it all the way.
December 22 2016 05:00PM
After a one week hiatus, we are back for another edition of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report.
It's always an exciting time of the year as the World Juniors kick off on Monday. The Canucks will have two representatives at this year's tournament, with two of their prospects being late cuts (one due to injury).
The NCAA sees a bit of a slowdown with the semester change, and the CHL has a bit of a Christmas break - but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to digest.
So let's dive in!
December 22 2016 09:00AM
With Anton Rodin expected to make his NHL debut shortly after the Christmas break, there's hope the Canucks will reap rewards from a player that appeared to be out of the fold. Rodin struggled in North America during his first tour of action, but went to the SHL, tore it up and looks to be coming back with something to prove.
Another player that the Canucks drafted, who returned to the SHL, is defenceman Henrik Tommernes. His contract was terminated in early 2015 under mutual agreement. He returned to the SHL, and has done extremely well, to the point where Grant McCagg took notice:
December 20 2016 01:00PM
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Anton Rodin made his return to game action this past week, after nursing a nagging knee injury reaggravated in the pre-season. After suffering a cut tendon in January in the SHL, Rodin appeared in the pre-season for the Canucks and looked poised to provide some secondary offence for a team in need of it.
Unfortunately, his injury forced him from the Canucks lineup to regain strength in that same knee. It will be fascinating to see how he can adapt the NHL in the middle of a long overdue rookie season.